Well?
Squandering studios like Pandemic, Bullfrog
27.2% (68)
27.2% (68)
Treatment of us customers
6% (15)
6% (15)
Marketing practices like Day 1 DLC
5.6% (14)
5.6% (14)
Origin and it's spyware like behaviour
4% (10)
4% (10)
Overpricing games and DLC
3.2% (8)
3.2% (8)
Other Reasons
3.2% (8)
3.2% (8)
All of the above
36.8% (92)
36.8% (92)
I don't hate EA at all
14% (35)
14% (35)
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Poll: So, what do you dislike Electronic Arts the MOST for?

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So EA is one of the most obnoxious gaming companies ever, but what do they do that ticks you of the MOST?

Me, it would be squandering studios.Poor pandemic.

I disagree with Origin being spyware. It's not spyware, although there are other parts of the EULA that suck.

Other than that, EA blows. They keep disrespecting customers.

I don't hate them per se, but on the other hand, I'm not impressed with their ability to run excellent game development companies into the ground, nor their annual rehash of sports game.

"Challenge Everything"

Well, maybe not "hate", but the the studios they've closed would be the one that has had the biggest effect on me.

One of them was responsible for 4 of my favourite games of all time (one of which is my favourite game of all time).

I miss the mask...

I rarely buy their products, but from the options, i would say i'd hate them for the way they use codes and other material to make sure that their customers bought it new. Seems like a dick move but in truth, i just don't care for them.

They're prettymuch everything that's wrong with gaming today. No joke, they're like an avatar for everything nerds hate about big business.

Ugh, can we all please stop using the word Hate for Dislike.

It really devalues the word Hate.
I doubt anyone here really HATES EA, unless it took away their first born or something.

Ranorak:
Ugh, can we all please stop using the word Hate for Dislike.

It really devalues the word Hate.
I doubt anyone here really HATES EA, unless it took away their first born or something.

Happy now?

Ranorak:
Ugh, can we all please stop using the word Hate for Dislike.

It really devalues the word Hate.
I doubt anyone here really HATES EA, unless it took away their first born or something.

Oh trust me, you will find plenty of people here and elsewhere who do actully hate EA, not just dislike but HATE with a burning passion.

I really don't like EA, I could go as far as to say I hate them, as someone above me said, they are like the face of everything that is wrong with the gaming industry right now.

Tayh:
I don't hate them per se, but on the other hand, I'm not impressed with their ability to run excellent game development companies into the ground, nor their annual rehash of sports game.

This exactly. Everyone is really blowing this shit out of proportion with how much they "hate EA." If there's one thing about EA I can't stand it's their hostile takeover way of doing things. I mourn Pandemic, Criterion, Bullfrog, and all the other poor, unfortunate companies to be sucked in and spit out by EA. The only decent company to make it out of that alive was Harmonix, who ended up becoming an independently funded company after the release of Rock Band 3. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to say goodbye to Rock Band because no one ever seems to want to play anymore...

SoMuchSpace:

Ranorak:
Ugh, can we all please stop using the word Hate for Dislike.

It really devalues the word Hate.
I doubt anyone here really HATES EA, unless it took away their first born or something.

Happy now?

Yes, yes I am. :D

I don't know what they do to cause amazing companies to turn into crap, but they deserve to stop existing because of it.

Though then again, maybe the companies they buy out are doing better, but are just not what the original fans want. Because seriously if companies become even less profitable after they bought them they would've stopped buying them out, unless they're just trying to destroy creativity in the industry.

Foxglove:
"Challenge Everything"

Including good business practices.

Electronic Arts is the destruction of the gaming industry. There isn't much more to say beyond that.

Company owners and their employees, at least on a temporary basis, tend to gain more money when they get brought into the fold. So to speak.

They get increased funding which allows for them to hire new staff and push games out faster. They also have the knack for keeping the company owners on staff. So not only do the owners get some serious cash they stay employees of the company. Its win/win for them, really.

Then the trouble starts.

The increased funding comes with shorter deadlines, its cool cause now they can hire more people. EA also likes to make demands on exactly how the product itself will turn out. Works employees to the bone, and when the project just isn't going to net them the profit they want. They drop the whole thing.

Its the demands they make that destroy the companies and their games, when the company is drowning under the weight of demands and can't push their product out in time. They get dropped.

It is utterly insidious what they do. Thats not even counting what they do to the consumer.

C&C4.

They will all burn in hell for that one.

Foxglove:
"Challenge Everything"


;D

OT: They treat their customers like shit and they treat their developers like shit. They're the main reasons for me but there are others.

I don't hate EA because I have perspective. But they definitely do things that I disagree with. Origin was handled so poorly and was so obvious (the whole thing about not being able to support their games through Steam was bullshit and everyone knew it), and the Dante's Inferno and Dead Space 2 marketing were just insulting. But I don't hate them, because they're a business, and if I was running it I wouldn't handle it much differently.

I hate EA cause they haven't made a working/fixed patch for my sims games. I love my sims but the constant problems of stuff from the sim store not working (there store) in game, crashing due to patch errors, unable to build pools, use rugs, sims getting stuck, and just so many other bugs. The newest bug for my game is that all the other expansions and stuff packs I bought say they're not registered with EA. Which they will work 75% of the time.
EA's keeps saying the way to fix this is to uninstall and reinstall. Which I did for times, I lose everything I worked on in the sims...... it's disappointing....

I have to admit none of the reasons stated in the poll fit my reason.

That said, I don't believe overpricing is a reasonable argument, since there is no general rule saying "Games should cost $XX".

Also Origin doesn't fit the description of spyware. It certainly checks contents of your PC that are considered private, but customers are informed about this in EULA. Nevertheless I personally don't like what Origin is doing inside my PC.

I don't like EA (agreed with Ranorak, "hate" is brutally overused - it seems some people don't understand how definitive and aggressive the word is) because they do not hesitate to make any decision no matter how bad for the industry (e.g. closing Westwood, Pandemic) or how harmful for their customers (e.g. lying through marketing, rushing out games, cutting out content) as long as it yields more money for Electronic Arts.

The amount of ignorance they are putting in customers' goodwill will one day bite them in the ass. And I'm very much looking forward to that day.

Dislike what they did with Maxis, Pandemic and Bullfrog. They made some great games back in the day, but succumbed to suits obsessed with greed. I fear that DICE may have the same future.

They could be a little bit nicer to their customers and devs, just saying......

Also, they force multiplayer on every game under their belt.

All of the above. Just everything they have done lately has annoyed me, and to top it off they are getting away with it.

I don't hate them at all.

They continue to pump out some of the best games in the industry. Their worst offense on the list for me would be overpriced DLC. Of course I feel this is a problem with all developers/publishers and not restricted solely to EA.

- Day 1 DLC is good business and makes sense. People want access to additional content early or right away. Not weeks or months after release. DLC is a means for these companies to earn extra money without further raising the base cost of new games. I say bring it on but at a more reasonable rate. Paying 1/6th the total cost of 60 hr game for 1 hr of content is gouging IMO.

- Origin looks at your computer for marketing reasons. This also makes sense. Why wouldn't I want my game company to know what I like? It's not like Origin is a system or resource hog.

- I can't say I know the whole story when it comes to treatment of customers. I do know that they've banned people for breaching forum conduct on their website which is something I can totally get behind. There are a lot of jerks on forums who deserve more than just a slap on the wrist forum suspension that won't in any way modify their behavior.

- I also read about banning single player campaign cheaters. I don't agree or get this practice at all. I'm sure it's against the EULA and EA has every right to do this. But the practice itself is for the players enjoyment of the game. If you don't want PC gamers to cheat in the game externally, than you should enable a clear command console to give us the freedom to play around. Why should the company care if someone is using an infinite credits code to take some of the grind out of their single player games?

babinro:
I don't hate them at all.

They continue to pump out some of the best games in the industry. Their worst offense on the list for me would be overpriced DLC. Of course I feel this is a problem with all developers/publishers and not restricted solely to EA.

Interesting.You don't consider taking talented studios, and burning them to the ground an offence?

The Origin Spyware thing.

Why yes, I am not over it yet and won't be for the next millenium or so.

I dont really mind the whole day one DLC Origin thing - I mean, I do mind it, but I can deal with it.

The thing that pisses me off about EA is their habit of buying good studios, having them make shit games for 2 years and then closing them. Or buying franchises, then sitting on the copyrights doing nothing.

babinro:
- I can't say I know the whole story when it comes to treatment of customers. I do know that they've banned people for breaching forum conduct on their website which is something I can totally get behind. There are a lot of jerks on forums who deserve more than just a slap on the wrist forum suspension that won't in any way modify their behavior.

So you think banning people from playing single player campaigns because they trolled some official forum is a good thing? Wow.

I hardly despise them. I just think the way they run business is pretty shoddy.

...I miss Pandemic.

SoMuchSpace:

babinro:
I don't hate them at all.

They continue to pump out some of the best games in the industry. Their worst offense on the list for me would be overpriced DLC. Of course I feel this is a problem with all developers/publishers and not restricted solely to EA.

Interesting.You don't consider taking talented studios, and burning them to the ground an offence?

More than half of the companies on the list of "EA destroyed these guys" still exist.

They're just part of BioWare now. Around seven or eight individual companies that all report to BioWare Studios for RPG and MMO development.

Killing successful and beloved studios and franchises.

Ha, captcha: filthy rich

Not making a new Immortal game.

That game was so freakin cool.

Not sure about "hate" but I blame EA pushing the incomplete ME3 out on people. And for making countless sports games that are pretty much the same thing over and over. And yet, people will still rush out and buy them... *SIGH*

Westwood. That's all that needs to be said.

I really hate EA for making their better games good and then fucking them up somehow like battlelog. In fact, I want to talk about that for a minute. It is probably on of the most detailed and easy to use server browsers I have used ever but it is in my browser and not my game. That and I need to use it just to play singleplayer. I'm sorry but that doesn't fly with me and I won't be getting another BF game until the feature is removed from a browser like the wart it is.

Bhaalspawn:

SoMuchSpace:

babinro:
I don't hate them at all.

They continue to pump out some of the best games in the industry. Their worst offense on the list for me would be overpriced DLC. Of course I feel this is a problem with all developers/publishers and not restricted solely to EA.

Interesting.You don't consider taking talented studios, and burning them to the ground an offence?

More than half of the companies on the list of "EA destroyed these guys" still exist.

They're just part of BioWare now. Around seven or eight individual companies that all report to BioWare Studios for RPG and MMO development.

That is kinda people's problem with them and their cannibalistic nature towards studios. They abuse the brand loyalty then absorb them into another studio.

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